Eastern baccharis

Baccharis halimifolia L.

Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)


Eastern baccharis is a native, warm-season perennial of the Sunflower family. Its other common names are sea-myrtle and consumption-weed. This shrub can reach 6½ feet tall.

Eastern baccharis often occurs abundantly in open, sandy places. This plant can also be an invader of old farmland.

The leaves of the plant are simple and arranged alternately on the stem. The leaf edges are smooth or have a few remote, coarse, angled teeth. On the stems supporting the flowers (inflorescence), the leaves are smaller and narrower. Generally, the leaf blade can be from 1 to 3 inches long and 1/4 to 2 inches wide.

The forage value is poor for livestock and wildlife.


Eastern baccharis grows in open, sandy areas and arroyos.